My (10) Thoughts: WWE RAW 9.1.14 (John Cena, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins)

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1~ I’m a bit disappointed that Jericho’s Highlight Reel immediately turned into the “clusterf*ck promo” segment that WWE’s been falling back to lately. I have no idea why they’re now threatening John Cena’s “contractually signed” rematch versus Brock Lesnar but something like this usually happens when something unexpected has come up. Is John Cena more injured than everyone really thought? Or are they now backpedaling from the destruction John Cena suffered at SummerSlam & now they think there needs to be more babyfaces in the match? I have no clue what they’re thinking about for Night Of Champions but it seems that things might be in flux.

2~ I’ve never wanted to see anyone wrestle more than Dolph Ziggler in that tag match. I guess that means The Miz is making this gimmick work but I was more interested in his new “makeup artist” than I was in seeing The Miz (or Damien Miz-Dow) get in the ring. I know it’s a long shot but how good would a program be between Dolph Ziggler and Cesaro if Cesaro won the US title & they had to unify the titles in a “best of seven” program?

3~ I don’t know how I feel the Nikki Bella videos. It definitely seems like a very passive aggressive way to hurt Brie in a way that she couldn’t respond. Yeah, yeah, it’s all fake and whatever you’d like to say but I liked being able to suspend my disbelief (at least a little bit) especially when Stephanie McMahon was involved.

4~ So are the Big Show & Mark Henry “The World’s Largest Tag Team” or is Mark Henry feuding with Rusev? I’d prefer them as a tag team than another pointless Rusev feud. Truly though, has anyone gained anything from facing Rusev? Hell, Jack Swagger moved from Rusev to BO DALLAS?! I can’t wait for someone to end this foreign experiment.

5~ Sorry Bo, Jack Swagger is no one’s favorite wrestler. He’s like the Aquaman of the WWE.

6~ Nikki Bella seems to Stephanie McMahon’s new poodle & giving her a Divas title match was like finding a new squeaky toy. Nikki’s promo are becoming higher and higher pitched & she needs to get that under control. As for the segment a whole, did it remind anyone else of the segment that opened the show? Yup, they just followed the exact same formula except the Divas Champion was actually involved. We’ve had some good and some bad tonight but these type of promos just bring my opinion of the show right down.

7~ Hey! Check out WWE promoting a match a whole week away! I’m so happy for them and hope they can continue down this fruitful path.

8~ It’s pretty damn awesome that Gold & Stardust have turned heel. The very first thing I thought of when I saw Stardust, I said “Damn, that’s creepy.” Goldust’s heel character may be a little rusty but Cody has been a heel for most of his career. He also has the experience performing as a creepy character if you think back to his plastic mask & paper bag days. That time was some of the best work Cody Rhodes has ever done. I think we’d be naïve to think that he’d be able to capture that magic again but hopefully we’ll get enough of it to make this feud interesting.

9~ Everything that has happened in this main event match is really backing up my theory that Cena may be more injured than anyone has reported. Sure he finally got his hot tag but then he couldn’t even make the cover and instead tagged out to Roman Reigns to hit the spear for the finish. Everything about that match seemed awkward and a little off. I don’t know, I could be seeing ghosts where there are none but I’m curious to see what happens to the Night Of Champions main event.

10. Damn, I know Widro would give me a hard time for not hitting 10 thoughts so instead I’ll include some new work done by our friend, Rob Schamberger:

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